After reading Kelly’s post yesterday on her many half completed projects, I couldn’t help myself… I had to BRAG! After a lot of pleading, a good deal of planning and a little bit of waiting I returned home from work on Friday to see… a completed project!! My husband Brian didn’t mention ANYTHING about tackling this particular project that day so it was a wonderful surprise!!
Okay… some truth: the project is only two-thirds complete!
HEY! That’s better than half-done! Sorry Kelly!!
Another little truth here… Kelly informs me that she has completed ONE of her projects!! I risk death if I reveal anything to you!! HaHa! Don’t worry; she’ll share her project news with you all soon! :-)
In the mean time, I have something to share and she doesn’t!!
Oh ya… this IS a competition!!
So what’s my news?
If you’ve read my post detailing our long list of projects, you will remember this:
A couple of VERY POOR mock-ups depicting my plans to punch a hole in our kitchen wall and installing a window!! Brian would want me to be a bit more specific… my plans for HIM to punch a hole in our kitchen so that HE could install a window!! ;-)
Until Friday, this is what the back of our little bungalow looked like:
Brian – being the good bloke that he is – remembered to take some process photos for me. So… here are a couple of pics showing the hole he created in our exterior wall.
DON’T LOOK CLOSELY at my backyard!! It’s horrid and our spring/summer project for next year!
And now… the back of our house with my new window!!!!!
I Love it!!
And it’ll look even better after we paint the house this weekend!! Yes, endless projects!
Here’s a close up of the window (Brian still has to install the sill) – and you can see my kitchen through it! How cool is that?! People walking down the alley get a little peek-a-boo, and I don’t mind in the least!
So what does it look like from the inside? Here’s the before:
And here’s what it looks like now!
Now you can see the one-third part of this project that hasn’t been completed… we need to re-insulate, drywall and then Brian needs to work his window trim magic!
No worries! We’ll be 100% finished with this project in the next few days! I just couldn’t wait until then to share!!
Can you blame me?!
I can’t begin to tell you what a difference this little window makes… it not only increases the natural light into the kitchen, but it also give the illusion of additional space.
NO window covering for this window… my plan is to hang a piece of stained glass in the centre :-)
So… we’re a few days away from crossing ONE MORE project off of our long project list!
Mini-updates on other projects… also on Friday we had our excavator-guy come in and prepare the slope of our yard for the second wall we’ll build… the plan is to start on that this Thursday! Here’s a photo of how the excavator-guy got his bobcat up onto our yard – up and over the wall! Man he was good! I’m also sharing a photo of our front wall. I think the last pics I shared with you showed only 2 or 3 levels of bricks… this is the full 5 bricks high (although we still need to install the stairs for this final level AND the dark gray capstones along the top of the wall… oh… and cut capstones for the curved ends of each stair [but that will come at the very end]).
AND, as I’d mentioned above, our plan is to paint the house this weekend!! Of course, this particular project depends completely on the weather… and right now it’s not looking good :-( I’ll keep you updated on that!!
Thanks for dropping by and sharing my window news!
Be sure to drop by tomorrow for our Rewind Wednesday blog party… this week is Kelly’s turn!! Learn more about Rewind Wednesday… and consider participating yourself!!
Kelly here… I just have to chime in with my two cents and say that Victoria is SUCH a show-off!!!!! Just because SHE has BIG projects like building retaining walls and punching holes in her house walls, she thinks her projects are SO much more impressive than mine!! Ummmm… well, OK, actually those ARE pretty impressive projects!! BUT, I really do have one TOTALLY finished project now… Weeeehooo!!!! I’ll post pics soon. And I want everyone to make a REALLY BIG DEAL over it and stick it to Victoria!!! Ppphhhhtttt!!!! ;-)
Boy oh boy… our Kelly is feeling the strain of competition!! ;-)
Friend Kelly – you’re the absolute BEST! Truely!!!
Now… we all know that a little friendly competition never hurt anyone, so…
Bring it on!!!